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Almost All Programs Slowing To A Near Stop

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May 27, 2012 8:34:33 PM

Ok, so I bought Micro Center brand RAM, 2 4GB sticks of DDR3-1333. I am using an HP Pavilion p6653w. First, I stuck the new sticks into slots 1 & 2, and my 2 original 2GB sticks into slots 3 & 4. With this setup, my OS would not boot. Can anyone explain this?

So, I stuck my original sticks back to 1 & 2, and the new sticks into 3 & 4. My OS booted, and things ran smoothly...for a while. Suddenly, my programs started lagging..as in they became so slow as if they were standing still. Opening a new Windows folder began taking forever to load. I rebooted, but the problem persisted. So, I took the new sticks out and put the original 3rd 1 GB stick back in for my original 5 GB setup. Things ran smoothly for a while, but the problem started again, and is still going on.

Now, I will admit, shortly after I had installed the new RAM, I DLed and ran an executable which MAY have unleashed highly harmful viruses on my system. So, I installed my Panda Antivirus, which I have a subscription for, and I tried running it. It ran ok for a while, and found and deleted many viruses, but it could not finish, because it slowed down to an almost complete stop. So I tried running the antivirus in safe mode, but for some reason, it is not even working in safe mode. Also, when I try to copy a large amount of files from my HDD to an external usb drive, even in safe mode, the data transfer rate gradually decreases until it slows to a stop, and I have no choice but to cancel the operation. Similar to how my antivirus slows to a stop before it can finish while in normal mode.

So, are these problems being caused by viruses, or by the RAM? Because unfortunately, with my current situation, I am not able to rule out one or the other...

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May 27, 2012 9:26:48 PM

The problem is, both your old and new ram must be the same specifications. DDR3-1333, 1.5V, CAS or latency must also be the same, and etc.

It's possible to use different brands, but the specs must match.
May 27, 2012 10:00:52 PM

fantastik250 said:
The problem is, both your old and new ram must be the same specifications. DDR3-1333, 1.5V, CAS or latency must also be the same, and etc.

It's possible to use different brands, but the specs must match.


Honestly, the only specification on the package is DDR3-1333. I'd love to know how to find the other specs. More importantly, I took those new sticks out, so why am I still having problems? I mean, it may still be the viruses, but many of those viruses had accumulated over a somewhat long period of time, and I was not experiencing any problems until AFTER I installed the new RAM...
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May 27, 2012 10:04:48 PM

Do you have a restore point? or System Restore?

Then you can re-scan your computer.
May 27, 2012 10:08:32 PM

One thing I have done is used Microsoft Process Explorer to see what application is hogging the system. Once it was Microsoft Update. Everytime I would boot my computer it would run and bring my system to a standstill. Look on the Microsoft site for "Process Explorer". It will show every program and service running with CPU utilization. Just a thought.
May 27, 2012 11:18:39 PM

fantastik250 said:
Do you have a restore point? or System Restore?

Then you can re-scan your computer.


Unfortunately, I have no restore points...and I have defragged my HDD. No luck...
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